Healing With Fairy Tales Tour

September 22, 2024 – September 30, 2024

Fairy tales weren’t originally written for children. They were stories for people of all ages to learn how to deal with adversity and laugh at our problems.

Fairy tales go back thousands of years because they speak to the soul.

Consider this an emersion into that world. We venture to the Black Forest, home of the Brother’s Grimm and landscape that inspired many of their tales.

Consider this an inner world journey as well as an outer world one.

Each day we will hike 4-6 hours through these mountains to allow our imagination to perhaps go into places we’ve not visited since we were children.

During our time together, with the help of your facilitator, Laura Giles, we will explore fairy tales, and our wounds that are acted out within them, to rediscover our strength within.

Who should come?

  • People who are reasonably fit. We will be walking in the mountains for 4-6 hours a day.
  • People who are willing to be vulnerable and heal. 
  • People who either have an active imagination or are willing to cultivate one.
  • People with an ancestral connection to this land that needs to heal.
  • Anyone who’s gut says, “Yes!” Those who are meant to be here will be here.

What’s Included?

  • 8 overnight stays in 3* hotels and charming country inns
  • Luggage transfer on all walking days (one piece of luggage per person, 44 pounds max.)
  • Cable car on Hasenhorn
  • Detailed route notes (1 x per room), navigation app & GPS data
  • breakfast daily
  • welcome dinner
  • opportunities to engage in healing practices that bring up what’s buried deep inside so you can get it out
  • wellness practices to maximize your connection to yourself, others, and Nature

What’s Not Included?

  • mandatory trip insurance (any outdoor activity like this poses a risk)
  • airfare
  • meals not listed
  • anything not explicitly listed, such as personal items

What Else Do I Need to Know?

  • Daytime temperatures will likely be in the 60s to 70s range, so very comfortable walking weather.
  • This is a popular walking trail. You will be able to pre-order a picnic lunch to take with you each day, if you desire.
  • The name “Black Forest” goes back a thousand years to a time when the forest was so dense and spooky that no one dared enter.
  • This area is known for wooden cuckoo clocks, Black Forest cake, Bollenhut (hats), thermal springs, and skiing.
  • You will be outdoors in the woods. You need tick repellant.
  • Bring sturdy, water repellant footwear.
  • Bring a camera. Our trails pass beautiful lakes, lovely mountain tops, and valleys.
  • About 50% of Germans speak some English. You can get by without knowing German, but it’s always polite to learn at least a little of the host country’s language.
  • Germans like things to be correct. If you step out of line, they will let you know. (Don’t jaywalk, talk too loudly, be late, etc.)
  • Germans are not known for their warm and fuzzy demeanor to strangers. They don’t do small talk. Don’t think of it as “mean,” just reserved.
  • Cash is king. Don’t rely on your credit or debit card here.
  • Public toilets are not free. Have coins on hand.
  • Things are closed on Sundays. Prepare!
  • Water is not free. (They don’t do tap water). It’s typically fizzy, so if you want still water, be specific.

About Your Facilitator

Laura Giles, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in trauma and shadow work. She uses many holistic, nonverbal techniques to help people access and release hidden hurts. She’s been hosting spiritual tours and retreats since 1999.

All Laura’s events are designed to give attendees a sense of emotional safety and connection so any healing feels easy and natural.